Excerpts of Pastor James Bamidele Sturdivant's Message at the Sunshine Service on Sunday, December 9, 2018.
Bible Text: Exodus 23:12-18
Glory ahead is a wonderful concept, but what do we mean when we talk about the glory of God? Some people call it Shikenah; some others call it Doxa of God. Literally, the glory of God is referring to the manifested presence, attributes or characteristics of God. In other words, it means that even if God is invisible, there are ways that He can make His presence known to you. The glory of God is the majestic perfection of God.
Our reference text is a conversation between Moses and God. Moses had gotten the children of Israel out of Egypt, they were in Sinai, and God felt they had been there long enough and it was time for them to move. Likewise, God is telling you that you have been on that spot for long and it is time for you to move forward. Get ready to move. You do not wait to see the move before you move; prepare for the move. When you believe, that is when you will see it. God is about to manifest Himself in your life in a way that you can ever imagine. God is going to release something to you that will come from an unlikely source, it will come at an unexpected time, and you will ask if it is really happening. God will make His presence known to you in Jesus mighty name.
There are various types and levels of glory (Proverbs 20:29, 1 Corinthians 11:7; 15:40-41). First, when it comes to the glory of God, there is absolutely no equal. No one can compare to God, He has a glory that is like none other (Exodus 15:11). Moses wanted to know God's ways, he wanted God's presence to go with him and he wanted God to show him His glory. These three requests were about the same thing. When you tell God to show you His glory or let His glory go ahead of you, you are telling God to manifest Himself and make His presence known. Whenever God makes His presence known, He makes it known in an unprecedented way (Isaiah 42:8).
Secondly, God's glory cannot be contained. God's glory is so massive that you cannot bottle it up. God can tell you about your future while you are wondering how He would do it (Luke 1:22-37). Have faith, because the God that told you He would do it will make a way for it to be done. Let God manifest His presence in your situation.
To get God to manifest His presence in your situation, you have to:
1. Have a separate place where you meet with God (Exodus 33:7). Have a special place where you can commune alone with God.
2. Make a request for God's glory (Exodus 33:18, Jeremiah 33:3).
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